07/23/2010 - A formal request has been filed for a congressional committee hearing on a bill that would give new flexibility to the Magnuson-Stevens Act and allow regulators to give fishermen larger catch allocations while overfished stocks rebuild on an extended timeline.
The Magnuson statute, the governing document for fisheries, still generally requires overfished stocks to be rebuilt on hard, 10-year schedules.
Pushing back against the legislation is an alliance of conservation organizations centered around the Pew Environment Group.
"We're trying to keep that bill from moving," Pew's Lee Crockett has said.
Read the full article, Formal Fed Hearing Sought for Magnuson Reform Bill on the Gloucester Times' Web site.